I want to apologize for dragging the post on for so long. So, let’s see if we can get this thing off the ground.
I want to start with simply a few pictures of vistas we hugged and puffed for along the trek.
This is a view from Chukkung Ri, which we did on our second acclimatization day. Chukkung Ri was also the highest point of our trek. Climbing Chukkung Ri is technically not challenging, but it is high and it was our first foray on this trek above 5000m, which means our pace to summit was significantly slower than our enthusiasm to summit suggested. What we are looking at her is part of the Nuptse-Lhotse-Mt.Everest cluster….but I must admit, I am not quite sure.
Sunrise in Chukkung, where it s beautiful during the day, but cold at night and in the morning. Chukkung is in a fairly narrow extension of the Khumbu valley and it takes some time until the sun warms the area.
The West facing shoulder of Thamserku, as seen from somewhere close to Dingboche. Thamserku has a very characteristic double peak and is a beautiful and huge mountain range.
Here we are in the Thamo valley, looking at the Thamo range. The Thamo valley is beautiful. There is not much traffic, the valley opens up in lower altitudes and people are farming. We descended into Thamo valley after we had finished our last pass – are Renjo La Pass, coming from Gokyo.
Nuptse, Mt. Everest (Chomolungma) and Lhotse seen from Mt. Everest viewpoint. We went up to the hotel and restaurant, called Mt. Everest Viewpoint on our acclimatization day. The hotel and restaurant itself is nestled into the landscape quite nicely, but then again one has to ask, why it was necessary to build a huge hotel with a heli-pad at almost 4000m altitude, just to some tourists can look at the world’s highest mountain without breaking a sweat – earn it by hiking up and it is that much more impressive and relaxing.
Namche Bazar seen from the path to the Everest Viewpoint restaurant. The mountain opposite Namche is the Kongde range. Kongde’s glaciers high on top of the mountain look like giant battle scars. The mountain looks like it had suffered through thousands of incisions with scalpels ranging from extremely sharp to just blunt. Nonetheless, I am always fascinated by this range and I love sketching it.
This was a very special moment for me. I chose this trek, primarily because of the proximity and the views it would offer of Cho Oyu – The Emerald Goddess. And this is our first view of Cho Oyu we had a pretty easy day walking from Thagnak to “the lakeside resort” of Gokyo. I can honestly say, I love this mountain and it’s range, it is so beautiful and majestic.
The view from Chukkung Ri, as the clouds moved in very quickly and obstructed the views of the mountains. This day was great, because nature played hide-and-seek with us. Normally you ascend Chukkung air for the great vistas it offers of Nuptse, Lhotse, Mt.Everest, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, the Nuptse glacier, Imjo Lake and many more, but that day, the clouds came before 9:00am and this offered us only peeks through the clouds. Nonetheless, it was very impressive and it definitely makes for more dramatic pictures.
Cho Oyu from Gokyo in the afternoon. Walking to Gokyo towards Cho Oyu basecamp, past the five lakes leads the trekker through one of the most desolate regions I have ever been. If you ever feel the need to unplug and conduct some serious soul-searching this could definitely be the place.
Another view of Cho Oyu, seen from Gokyo Ri.
Alright, this ends today’s entry.
Cheers and stay sharp